Veterinary Medicine welcomes new dean, establishes new disease center
Compiled from articles by K-State News and
|K-State selected Dr. Tammy
Beckham as its next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective
Aug. 2. (Photo: K-State News and
The College of
Veterinary Medicine on the Kansas State University campus has been a busy place
this semester: welcoming a new dean, launching the Center of Excellence for
Vector-Borne Diseases, and celebrating renovations to the Veterinary Medical
Following a national search, K-State selected Dr. Tammy
Beckham as its next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective Aug.
2. Beckham succeeds Dr. Ralph Richardson, who has served as the College of
Veterinary Medicine’s dean since 1998. Richardson will transition to a faculty
position in the college.
Beckham currently serves as the director of the
Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, a Department of Homeland Security
Center of Excellence in College Station, Texas. Since 2010, she has led the
IIAD's efforts to perform research and develop products to defend the nation
from high-consequence foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic diseases.
said she is looking forward to joining the K-State team and continuing the vet
med program’s history of excellence.
"The positive momentum at Kansas
State University is very exciting," Beckham said. "I am honored to have been
chosen to be the next dean, and I look forward to leading the College of
Veterinary Medicine as we leverage that momentum to serve our stakeholders and
work to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025."
has served as director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic
Laboratory, and director of the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, a
part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plum Island Animal Disease Center
in New York. Center
of Excellence established
|The official ribbon-cutting
ceremony for the newly renovated Veterinary Medical Library included
Director Gayle Willard, first-year class president Dustin Renken,
second-year president Chris Eckert, third-year president Shawna Cikanek,
fourth-year president Dr. Alyson Post and Dean Dr. Ralph Richardson.
(Photo: Joe Montgomery)|
In addition to
welcoming Beckam, the college established a new center of excellence that will
focus on helping to control infectious diseases in both humans and
On April 8, the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne
Diseases was publicly launched under the guidance of Dr. Roman Ganta, professor
of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology. The center is an interdisciplinary
research center with a mission to combat vector-borne diseases with a focus on
pathogenesis, surveillance and disease prevention.
Goals of the center
include establishing a tick-rearing facility to support the research needs of
Kansas State University and other academic institutions and industry in the
U.S.; producing programs to prepare future generations of scientists with
expertise on vector-borne diseases; offering continuing education workshops; and
developing resources, such as a repository to maintain culture stocks of
vector-borne pathogens. Veterinary
Medical Library renovations complete
The college celebrated the
completion of renovations to the Veterinary Medical Library with an official
ribbon-cutting ceremony April 24. The old library was demolished last summer to
make way for the $1.5 million renovation, which involved all areas of the
library, including the Quiet Room/Stacks area and the 24/7 Room.